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Re: [opensuse-packaging] Re: Extended Chromium builds for openSUSE !
On Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 4:09 PM, Yamaban <foerster@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Mon, 4 Nov 2013 21:52, Jan Ritzerfeld <suse@...> wrote:

Am Montag, 4. November 2013, 15:18:48 schrieb Raymond Wooninck:

can you try the chromium package (the one), to see if this one
works with the old libicu libs ? I have adjusted the build to utilize
the internal libicu again for 12.2 and 12.3.


and I will submit it as a Maintenance update.

Now you some kind of lost me since I am relatively new to this: Why do we
need a maintenance update here?

1. a "Maintenance update" lands in the "distro update" repo, instead of
just the network:chromium repo. and is thus available for all via
"zypper patch".

2. the hole happening (around libicu) gets more and better documentation
than otherwise, including corresponding bnc entries, and can now be
found and handled when other software hits the same bug(s)

3. the security team can do an evalution about the reach and level of the
problem the old libicu bears, e.g. what packages are hit by this, does
this open exploidable holes, etc.

does this overview help to answer your question?
Anybody else, please correct me if I got things wrong here,
as I'm just human, and not omnipotent, nor all-knowing.

- Yamaban.

A little more clarification:

OBS has 3 rings of repositories:

Distribution level such as 12.2 or 12.3 is the most formal

Devel level is less formal, but expected to be kept usable

Home level is the wild west and there are no generic guidelines

openSUSE does formal releases at the distribution level every 8 months
and supports them for 18 months. If bugs are found in the released
products, it is normal practice to get an update into the updates
repository to fix the problem.

The devel repositories are lesser repositories and there is no update
life expectancy associated with them. Certainly fixing a bug in the
distro only in a devel repo would be considered bad form.


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